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What Makes The Best High-End Home Theater Speakers?

What Makes the Best High-End Home Theater Speakers?

SaleBestseller No. 1
Klipsch RC-62 II Center Speaker Black - Each
  • A high-end choice in center channel design
  • Delivers realistic, balanced home theater sound
  • Highly efficient design produces more output using less energy
  • Magnetically shielded drivers prevent TV interference
  • Enhanced 1 titanium horn-loaded tweeter, dual 6.5 high-output woofers
Bestseller No. 2
Fluance Signature Series HiFi Two-Way Bookshelf Surround Sound Speakers for Home Theater and Music Systems (HFS)
  • Mastering precision and sonic accuracy, the Signature Series uses only premium components that ensure high fidelity sound transporting the concert into your living room
  • Ultra high-end Neodymium tweeters produce high frequencies with captivating clarity and truly immersive surround sound
  • Midrange pointed dome allows sound waves to travel directly from the center of the woven glass fiber cone for an enhanced soundstage
  • Acoustically inert, the cabinets are precision crafted with engineered wood to create a warm, distortion-free sound
  • Industry leading full lifetime parts and labor manufacturer's direct warranty with lifetime customer support
Bestseller No. 3
LG Electronics OLED55B6P Flat 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2016 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 48.4" x 28.1" x 1.9", TV with stand: 48.4" x 29.9" x 8.9"
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content using webOS 3.0
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture
  • Individually lit OLED pixels achieve the ultimate contrast for outstanding picture quality
  • OLED does not require a backlight giving it deep blacks and making it extremely thin
Bestseller No. 4
Aperion Audio Planar-Ribbon Super Tweeter Pair for Home Theater Stereo Speaker HiFi Audiophile Ultra High-End Frequency Response up to 33kHz (Gloss Black)
  • The Aperion Audio Super Tweeter is a high-fidelity compliment to any home audio system
  • Designed to reside on top of your existing speaker, the Super Tweeter can be used from 8,000Hz to 30kHz.
  • With 5 preset crossover points
  • The Aperion Audio Super Tweeter provides customizable bright and detailed sound, enhances the stereo sound field width & depth and accentuates ultra-high frequency extension
SaleBestseller No. 5
Polk Audio TL150 Speaker (5-pack, Black)
  • Polk Audio TL150 speaker (5 pack, Black)
  • TL1 satellite aperiodio tuned rear port
  • TL1 center channel tuned rear port
  • .5 inches silk dome tweeters
  • Time lens technology
Bestseller No. 6
Orb Audio: Mod1 Mini 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System - Surround Sound System - Includes 5 TV Speakers and 9'' Subwoofer - Great for Movies & Music, Outperforming Larger Subwoofers - Handmade in The US
  • A custom 5.1 Speaker System from Orb Audio offered exclusively by Amazon.com - includes Five Award Winning Orb Audio Mod1X Speakers (each speaker 4.25"x4.25"x4.5"), one Orb Audio subMINI Powered Subwoofer (9"x9"x9") and all wiring required to connect the speakers and subwoofer to your Home Theater System.
  • Doubles as an audiophile grade stereo system for music listening - transparent soundstage and brilliant imaging. The Mini 5.1 Home Theater features the same speakers found in Orb Audio's high-end surround sound and stereo systems. All Orb Audio systems are modular and upgradeable making this system a great foundation for building a larger system over time.
  • Versatile and stylish speaker system - Orb Audio speakers are available in 6 stunning finishes and are complemented by a full suite of optional mounting hardware for wall or ceiling as well as optional table and floor stands.
  • Fast, easy set up and award-winning Orb Audio customer service. Step by step instructions included with FREE unlimited lifetime support provided by Orb Audio.
Bestseller No. 7
AudioSource Analog Amplifier, Stereo Power A Amplifier AMP100VS for Home Sound Systems
  • POWER YOUR SOUND SYSTEM: 2 Channels rated at 50 watts into 8 ohms. 60 watts RMS per channel at 4 ohms. Bridge Output: 150 Watts at 8 ohms.
  • HIGHLIGHTS: 5-Way Binding Posts. A/B Speaker selector. Auto Signal Sensing Power On. Dual Auto-Switching Inputs. Independent level and balance controls. Rear mounted treble and bass controls. Front panel diagnostic LEDS.
  • AUTOMATICALLY KNOWS WHEN TO TURN ON: This amplifier is audio sensing, meaning it automatically turns on when you start your system.
  • PERFECT FOR ANY HOME AUDIO SYSTEM: Our stereo amplifiers are great for home theaters and outdoor systems. Enjoy professional quality audio in the comfort of your own home.
  • SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR MULTIPLE ROOMS: Our amplifiers allow you to deliver high quality sound and power to multiple rooms for the ultimate surround sound experience.
Bestseller No. 8
BT20A Bluetooth 4.2 Stereo Audio 2 Channel Amplifier Receiver Mini Hi-Fi Class D Integrated Amp 2.0CH for Home Speakers 100W x 2 with Bass and Treble Control TPA3116 (with Power Supply)
  • Small simple compact design but practical and powerful, Hi-Fi Bluetooth amplifier exclusively designed for the customers who pursue HiFi sound;
  • Bluetooth 4.2 core, up to 50ft connection range guarantees low signal delay. No pop, no audible noise when Bluetooth connection is established;
  • 100W RMS X 2(4 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.04% THD), comes with 24V power supply, can drive 280watts(8 ohm), 320watts(4 ohm) speakers, (For passive speakers only, not the powered speakers.)
  • Advanced circuitry design, built-in speakers protection circuit, best for bookshelf/computer/desktop/speakers in your home;
  • Home integrated digital amplifier, 18-month warranty, you can return the item if you have any problems;
Bestseller No. 9
Bose Compatible Audio Speaker Wire - Home Theater - Bose Professional 14 Gauge Pure Stranded Copper Audio Cable - 50ft
  • Professional Speaker Wire - Extreme Consumer Products Professional Speaker Cable is 100% Stranded Copper Wire (Not CCA, Copper Clad Aluminum) For High End Audio Components
  • Custom Installations - You can use this speaker wire to pair with banana plugs, spade tips, or bent pin connectors to connect your speakers to your A/V receiver or amplifier
  • Compatibility - Use with JBL, Infinity, Kenwood, Klipsch, Onkyo, Polk Audio, Yamaha, and other High End Speaker Systems
  • Car and Home Audio Cables - Exceptional performance, sound quality for car and home audio connections
  • Extreme Lifetime Guaranteed - We stand for the highest quality product and customer satisfaction. If you are not happy with the product in anyway we offer an easy return policy. All products come with our top rated lifetime warranty service.
Bestseller No. 10
Nobsound G2 Subwoofer Amplifier & Mono Power Amp, PBTL/BTL Bridge, 100W Mini Sub Amp for Home Theater
  • G2 can be used as a sub amp or a mono channel amp. It has a mode switcher which can change between SUB and PBLT modes conveniently. Equipped with 19V 4.74A high quality power supply.
  • Applications: G2 can be used as a subwoofer power amplifier for passive subwoofers; G2 can be used as a mono amp to drive single channel. You can use two G2 to drive left and right channel separately, which are known as PBLT / BTL Bridge amp. Compared with normal 2.0CH amps, it can ensure totally no interference between two channels and can provide higher power.
  • It has a gain setting which allows 4-level of output level setting (20/26/32/36 dB). It can keep the purity of the sound and avoid the resistor influence. Besides, it also has a bass cutoff frequency control knob.
  • It adopts TI TPA3116 and NE5532 op-amp, which can offer 100W high power and can drive most home sub and mono speakers. Its optimized circuit can ensure totally no background noise. Besides, it also built-in speaker protection circuit and low pass bass filter.
  • 18-month warranty. Prompt and courteous customer service. For any questions you have, please feel free to contact us.

Choosing a high-end speaker system for your home theater setup can be challenging, especially if you're not familiar with speaker technology and what to look for. After all, the best high-end speakers will come at a hefty price, so you don't want to find yourself disappointed or wishing you would have chosen something else after spending thousands on a speaker setup. Luckily, you don't have to be a speaker expert to do a bit of research before making your selection. With that said, here are some of the top factors, features, and tips to consider when comparing high-end speakers for your home theater.

Understand the Importance of Using a Good AV Receiver

Although there are many speakers on the market that are “self-powered” most of them can't stand up to the sound produced by the more robust speakers, most of which require external power. An Audio/Video (AV) receiver includes several amplification channels that drive power to each individual speaker in your surround sound setup. While many speaker systems will include a receiver as part of a comprehensive package, purchasing a standalone newer model AV receiver separately will allow you to reduce the cost of the speaker purchase, while also ensuring that you have access to the latest and greatest signal processing technology. Thus, while comparing different speakers for your home theater, it's also a good idea to compare AV receivers as well – you can read about it here.

Look for Wide Frequency Range

The human range of hearing spans from about 20Hz (super deep bass) to 20kHz (high pitch beep). Bass frequencies lower than 20Hz can be felt and are, therefore, incorporated into movies and games to reproduce vibrations, explosions, and other tactile stimulation that helps to create a more immersive experience. For this reason, it's best to look for speakers with the lowest possible bass frequency range. However, it should be noted that to take advantage of a speaker's lowest possible bass frequency, you'll need to use a subwoofer.

Compare Frequency Response Deviation

It's also a good idea to check out the +/- deviation of the frequency response. Ideally, you'll want to choose a speaker that has a response deviation of +3 dB or lower. The closer you can get to +0 dB, the closer the sound reproduction will be to the actual source. However, most home theater speakers add some “coloration”, which simply means that the sound is intentionally brightened and made more entertaining rather than left in its original state, which some listeners may find to be bland and boring.

Other Key Speaker Specs to Consider

Aside from frequency reproduction range and signal response deviation, other key specs to examine include sensitivity and impedance. The sensitivity of a speaker doesn't affect the sound quality, but it does affect the overall volume and sound pressure capabilities. A typical speaker might have 80dB sensitivity rating, whereas a higher end model would be closer to 90dB or higher. The impedance rating also does not affect sound quality, as it is a measurement used to indicate how much power a speaker requires from an amplifier to function. A higher impedance number means that it requires less power from the amplifier. For example, a speaker with an 8-ohm impedance rating would require less power than a speaker with a 4-ohm impedance rating – something to consider when choosing an amplifier or AV receiver.

How to Test and Compare Speakers by Ear

Although your ears can do a pretty good job of telling you what sounds good without any fancy knowledge, when comparing speakers, you mainly want to look for sound accuracy and spatial realism. Do acoustic instruments sound natural? Are the sounds extremely clear or are they muffled by excessive bass instead? Are words crisp and easy to understand? Do the speakers make you feel like you've been taken into a whole new environment? These are some of the questions you might want to ask yourself while comparing high-end home theater speakers.

Incorporate a Variety of Speaker Types Into Your Setup

It's important to consider the unique advantages and applications of each speaker type when designing a home theater speaker system. Most experts recommend starting with a center-channel speaker like a soundbar and then branching out from there. A good subwoofer is a must if you want to experience the rumbling sub-bass frequencies that make movies and games feel more realistic. The furniture in the room will also play a role in which speaker types are best. For example, if you already have an entertainment system or shelves on both sides of your display, bookshelf speakers might be ideal. Floor speakers are generally recommended for rooms with hard floors that don't produce a lot of additional resonance. Finally, surround speakers are the finishing touches that complete an enveloping and immersive home theater audio experience.

Look for Good Reviews and Recommendations

Aside from the technical specs, it's also a good idea to double check the popular opinion about a setup before making your final decision. Sometimes a system can look great on paper, but after examining the reviews you find that there are certain shortcomings that you'd rather avoid. Since home speaker systems can be quite expensive, it makes sense to do your research and look for as much experience-based guidance as possible before committing to the investment.

Testing Speakers at Local Electronics Outlets Before Buying Online

This is a great bonus tip to consider before making your purchasing decision. Although you'll probably find better deals online, looking at pictures of speakers won't tell you much about how good they sound in person. Fortunately, most of the models you'll find online will also be available at local shops (albeit typically at a higher price), so it's a good idea to test them out locally before buying online.

Ensuring the Speaker Setup is Ideal for the Room

In closing, it doesn't make sense to spend a bunch of money on a fancy speaker setup, only to throw it into a room that's acoustically unfit for the system itself. Room design and size can have a major impact on sound reflections, absorption, and resonant frequencies that affect the accuracy of bass. Thus, while the above tips are certainly the primary aspects to consider, it's important to choose a speaker setup that is ideal for the room it's going to be installed in.

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